TRIBUTES have been paid to artist Lucie Bray after police confirmed that a body found washed ashore on a north Cornwall beach was hers.
Lucie, 39, had been missing from her home in St Ives since going on a shopping trip to Redruth on January 2.
After extensive searches, the police announced last Wednesday that the body of a woman had been found on a beach at Constantine Bay, and on Monday confirmed Lucie had been formally identified.
Born in Truro, Lucie grew up in Helston and Marazion and was known for her distinctive outdoor studio – a white tent on Porthmeor beach.
Ylenia Haase, director of the New Craftsman Gallery in St Ives, said: "Lucie was a naturally gifted painter of the coast where she was born and raised, and a lovely young woman. Her death is a very great loss to the arts community of St Ives and all of us who knew her."
After a foundation course at Falmouth School of Art, Lucie took a degree in fine art at Wimbledon School of Art.
In 2007 she moved to St Ives with her partner, St Ives town councillor Morag Robertson.
Friend Alban Roinard said: "Lucie was someone who was quiet but very present. She was keen to make things happen. She was very involved with community life."